Posts by James Littlewood*

  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    quite unusual

    Don't people get sledged on these shows all the time? I'll admit the sacking doesn't happen. Not to judges anyway. Nice development, that.

    Maybe the unusual bit is that the audience suddenly decided they'd had a gutsful and said so. At once.

    It's all a bit Hunger Games/Running Man for me.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    Kinda with Craig on this. Whether any of it's planned or not, it's all a massive set piece.

    In fact, one could sympathise with the judges. Like the contestants, they're only doing what's expected of them and emulating the form of the tyrannical master Judge Cowell.

    Just don't watch that shit, people.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    Just to go back a few steps:

    <q>engagement isn't directly convertible into revenue<q/>

    Not that I'm an expert, but wasn't Shorty the highest earning property on TVNZ for a fair few years, but without being the most viewed, precisely due to engagement? That was a while ago, early 2000s, well before the social media juggernaut.

    It'd be hard to believe that engagement's any less convertible to revenue now than it was over 10 year ago.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Leviathan,

    Greenwald says

    Listen to the whole interview: both to see the type of adversarial questioning to which U.S. political leaders are so rarely subjected, but also to see just how obfuscating Key’s answers are.

    which is a nice endorsement of natrad eh. But makes me think, who among us here in nz can do the John Stewart thing? My vote: Urzila Carlson

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Masters of Reality,

    Thanks for doing the yards on this backstory Russell. It seems Key's teflon stays intact precisely because of the copious amount of muck it has to deflect. It appears to actually convert new muck into more teflon.

    In other words, the more BS he promulgates, the harder it is to identify.

    How's that crowd-funded Kennygram looking?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story, in reply to Ray Gilbert,

    We do have the night market which is quite different

    True! Actually, it's a must.

    Ahhh, Cunliffe as Santa. Well, quite. Would you rather Tim Groser? John Tamihere?

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    oops htm typo

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    As a local I feel like the kid falling asleep at the dinner table, when suddenly the grown ups mention my name. Yep! Sure! Uh-huh! New Lynn! Yeah! Goin’ off!

    the new shared spaces are in and operating, but it’s just not an area people have been used to thronging to

    Sadly true. I think while the transport hub’s a good thing for commuters, the whole precinct is still surrounded by thousands of hectares of multi-generational, PT-deprived petrol addicts.

    So if I want to visit Alien Vinyl (or even Gregor’s studio) on Veronica St after visiting say, Lynmall or the Library, I have to battle a labyrinth of car-oriented urban design: car parks with no footpaths, main roads, complicated intersections …

    I just hope the cineplex will help to create a decent enough destination to pump a bunch of bodies into the shared spaces and *ahem* laneways.

    What would be cool is if New Lynn had something like Waterfront Auckland, who could not only plan the development, but also coordinate and promote the social events in the neighbourhood. The New Lynn santa parade just ain’t gonna do it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?, in reply to Jolisa,

    Thanks Jolissa. Applying my battle scarred self to billable tasks, but will digest this along with my pain killers this evening.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?,

    Oops, unfinished sentence. The needs that the workers fully agree about are for traffic management to be extended to peds and cycles.

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